Community partnerships are vital links for Woodward School for Technology and Research. Through our community partnerships, we have developed unique academic units in the study of chemistry, microbiology, zoology, aerospace, botany, aviation technology, meteorology, and electromagnetism.
We work closely with Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center, Michigan State University Extension, Kalamazoo Air Zoo, and our Roots of Knowledge Community Garden with Fair Food Matters.
Kalamazoo Valley Museum has helped our school with thematic unit development and welcomed over 400 community members for WSTaR's Science Expo.
Over 1,500 dedicated Kalamazoo College students have volunteered at Woodward School for Technology and Research since 1997. For their work with our school, these students have garnered awards such as the Kalamazoo Gazette's STAR Award, Michigan Campus Compact Award, and President Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Partnership Award. Our partnership with Kalamazoo College has also produced highly successful math and science themed days.
Our partner Western Michigan University has helped us by placing science and math pre-interns, language arts field placements, tutors, and mentors at Woodward School for Technology and Research.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College provides us technical interns for tutoring.
The Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC) has helped us with thematic unit development, staff training, student support, and our successful Family Science Night.
Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities.
The Kalamazoo Air Zoo offers outreach programs that bring the education of the Air Zoo to the classroom. Single-class and auditorium-style interactive presentations are also available.
The Growing Matters Garden program from Fair Food Matters provides year round garden support for Woodward Elementary students, teachers, and staff. We help the school with garden planning, planting and activities with classes, summer garden programs, and teacher workshops. Over the past few years, we have also worked together with staff to create garden based lesson plans to help bring the garden into the curriculum. Fair Food Matters has also helped with researching and coordinating activities for potential farmer's market events at Woodward School for Technology & Research.